Marching Hawks step off the school year

Caroline Tucker

Ten percent of Hanover High students
are members of the Marching
Hawks. From practices to football
games, assessments and competitions,
the marching band at Hanover has
already started this year with a bang.
Band Director, Amy Birdsong,
manages this group from August to
“I have a to-do list which lasts all
of the season. Everything we need to
do from now until the end. It’s in order
of importance. The first practice
of the month was just to make sure
things didn’t fall apart.” Birdsong
joked. Marching band practices take
place on Mondays and Thursdays every
week. Competitions occur most
Saturdays and the band performs at
nearly every football game.
Though being a freshman is difficult
in marching band, it starts to get
easier after the first several weeks.
“All the older students help out
whenever we need it. If I have a little
trouble, they come over and do
what they can. I’m pretty sure that
I’m going to do marching band all
four years, it’s really great.” freshman
Hunter Prince said.
With all their years of marching
band combined, the older students do
what they can to give advice and wisdom
to the younger students.
“I use my experience to help the
younger kids where I can. I help them
with their spots on the field and anything
else,” senior Drew Houck said.
With the student section, marching
band and cheerleaders combined,
the Marching Hawks encourage the
football team to do their best.
“Freshman year on marching band,
I didn’t really know what I was doing.
I was nervous, but when you get out
there and get into the music, it’s an
empowering thing. The euphoria after
you finish is amazing; it’s the best
feeling in the world,” junior Jonathan
Gilchrest said.
The music played by the marching
band is handpicked by Birdsong.
Bryan Hooten of No BS! Brass Band
helps write the music each year for
the Marching Hawks.
The Marching Hawks set this year
is based off the Pixar Movie, Monsters
University. Their show is packed with
costumes and iconic flags of Mike Wazowski,
one of the main characters.
The JR Tucker Free for All took
place on September 20th and was an
assessment where the marching band
can start to get ready for competitions.
It was their last chance before
any competitions to fix what they
have been working on.
After they finished performing,
two educators came to see the band as
a whole and instruct them on ways to
improve their set.
“It’s really nice, because they tell
you what was good, what needs to be
worked on and they help us,” senior
Charlotte Howell said. Howell is one
of the two drum majors.
The overall experience of marching
band is different for everyone.
As a senior it’s seeing how far you’ve
come since being a freshman.
“You see how much you’ve learned
from being in marching band over the
years and seeing younger students
progressing over the years,” Houck
With one year left, being a junior
is living in the moment and having a
good time while you still can.
“We just try to have the craziest,
fun, awesome experience we can and
that’s just what we do at Hanover,”
Gilchrest said.


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